The first decent storm arrived on Tuesday with some power. The direction was North West which gave Oban Bay a bit of a hammering. Luckily at Loch Feochan it was mirror flat due to the direction. Elizabeth G went ashore but with a solid steel hull like her she should be fine. The team wish Rob all the best and she comes off the shore soon and unscathed.
Cameron has had a few runs from Kingairloch Estate. One of the trips took the guests around Lismore looking at the local sights. There has been some fantastic views of the sea eagles, juvenile and adults. A wee stop at Port Appin for lunch at the Pier House added to the trip.
He also moved some stalkers to another near by Estate for a day on the hill. The weather has been incredible for the time of year but surely a big change is coming.
Coastal Connection were tasked to do a crew transfer with Rene Descartes (cable laying vessel). The weather was ideal for the first transfer and then a decent breeze later on in the evening. Loading and unloading the luggage was done via the ships crane. Struan did well to hold position for the luggage to be placed and lifted.
Cameron and Struan had to run to Tobermory to assist another tow of the fibre optic cable. The forecast wasn’t great but believed it would drop very quickly by 1000, which incredible it did. As it was a following sea they headed out and comfortably cruised at 24kts all the way to Tob. On the way they managed a few photos of this fishing vessel punching the sea.
(No passengers were aboard during the fresh run)
Autumn has thrown a mixed bag of weather. The big blow of wind from the SE came and went and settled weather has returned. It hasn’t effected the wildlife. There has been great sightings of the sea eagles, seals, gannets and even an otter from the boat. There has also been a few transfers to Mull to cover the reduced ferry timetable.
Struan received a call at 0935 from a utilities company to get an engineer to Coll. At the 1000 the boat was set to go. The weather was on their side again and on the way to the island they spotted a sunfish! Once the issues were rectified the team powered back down to Oban.
The team have been back out on the water hauling the cable ashore. The Skye cable was in perfect weather conditions with calm seas. Arran was a little different with a fresh 5 blowing but the jet drive units allowed for precision manoeuvring. There was also a trip through the Crinan canal to arrive on time at Largs.
Over the last few days there has been a few runs to Mull. The weather has been different on each one. During a transfer Struan spotted a convoy of eight warships. Always a different view on the Firth of Lorne.